China mudslide: 40 workers go missing

The mudslide hit the under construction Baihetan hydropower station in Sichuan province.

Beijing: At least 40 workers at a hydro-power station went missing after torrential rains triggered a mudslide in the mountainous south-west China`s Sichuan province, according to local officials.
The disaster took place at the construction zone of Baihetan Hydro-power Station in Ningnan county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, a spokesman with the provincial emergency management office said.

The number of missing workers was initially estimated at 38 to 41, state-run Xinhua quoted the spokesman as saying.

The Baihetan Hydro-power Station, currently under construction by the China Three Gorges Corporation, is located on the lower reaches of the Jinsha River, a major headwater stream of the Yangtze River, the country`s longest waterway.

With an estimated gross installed capacity of over 14 million kilowatts, the station is expected to be ready by 2020.